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We created a memorial to mark the passing Rodney Dangerfield. Please visit http://RememberedBy.Us/RodneyDangerfield to light a virtual candle and leave a personal message for this very funny man. Tell his family and all that love and respect him how he touched your life. Pour out the love. Give Rodney the respect he always deserved, and in truth always received.

American Comedy awards 1994[edit]

I have deleted this section, as he wasn't given a lifetime achievement award by the American Comedy Awards in 1994. The 1994 winner was, in fact, Mike Nichols - who I must confess i haven't heard of Louisdonowa (talk) 14:22, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Harvard law School[edit]

I have deleted the section saying he received an honorary degree from Harvard in 2006. There are no references to it in any news site, the harvard site, or the harvard law school site. In fact here is a list of the honorary degrees from 2006 and he isn't on it. Louisdonowa (talk) 14:01, 6 June 2009 (UTC)

Sailor Moon[edit]

Was Dangerfield in Sailor Moon... I find it hard to believe and I can't find anything to support the claim. I would be excited to see the clip if anyone can youtube me to it b/c it sounds like it could be worth watching. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:06, 21 December 2008 (UTC)

I was about to ask the same question. This cannot be real can it? I highly doubt Dangerfield did voice over work in an anime, then again maybe he liked anime, or needed a job or something? If this is true, please give a source. - (talk) 03:35, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

I just watched, it's definitely not Dangerfield. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:59, 8 February 2009 (UTC)

There are all sorts of outrageous citations in this article. One states that he gave his son a BB gun and in exchange his son gave him a sweat shirt with a bulls-eye on the back. This is one of his jokes. The citation was a link to one of his Youtube videos. This article is a joke. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:39, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Why does the bottom of this article sound memorial or obit-tish?[edit]

There are three sections of this article that don't seem to fit in this article. It is apparent when I read "he is survived by....". Now that sounds like a obit. The rules of Wikipedia state that an article cannot be a obituary, as sad as it may be, even if its a notable celebrity. Should I change the wording so that it doesn't sound like this? Riffsyphon1024 23:39, 31 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Also I don't think information on his family is that important, especially if they're non-notable. Riffsyphon1024 23:40, 31 Jan 2005 (UTC)

in error[edit]

The 1972 film The Godfather DID NOT inspire his trademark line: "I don't get no respect". He had certainly been using it on Sullivan for a decade before that great film.—Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

I heard Rodney himself say that's where it came from, in an interview live on the Howard Stern radio show. I know that comedians are notorious for embellishing their own life stories, but unless we get a reliable source to rebut the claim I don't think it should be taken out. - Mcasey666 23:23, 9 June 2006 (UTC)
I think it would make more sense to cite the reference for the original assertion, rather than to make an uncited assertion, then await a reliable rebuttal. The article implies that the "no respect" persona was established post-Godfather, then goes on so say that with the persona established, Dangerfield exploited it on The Dean Martin Show & The Ed Sullivan Show...but both of those TV shows pre-dated The Godfather.--Son of Somebody 15:56, 12 June 2006 (UTC)

Rodney Dangerfield Jokes[edit]

With my wife I don't get no respect. I made a toast on her birthday to 'the best woman a man ever had.' The waiter joined me.

I'm not a sexy guy. I went to a hooker. I dropped my pants. She dropped her price.

I tell you, I'm not a sexy guy. I was the centerfold for Playgirl magazine. The staples covered everything!

What a childhood I had, why, when I took my first step, my old man tripped me!

Last week I told my psychiatrist, "I keep thinking about suicide." He told me from now on I have to pay in advance.

I tell ya when I was a kid, all I knew was rejection. My yo-yo, it never came back!

Oh, when I was a kid in show business I was poor. I used to go to orgies to eat the grapes.

When I was a kid I got no respect. The time I was kidnapped, and the kidnappers sent my parents a note they said, "We want five thousand dollars or you'll see your kid again."

I tell ya, my wife was never nice. On our first date, I asked her if I could give her a goodnight kiss on the cheek - she bent over!

I tell you, with my doctor, I don't get no respect. I told him, "I've swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills." He told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.

Some dog I got too. We call him Egypt because he leaves a pyramid in every room.

With my dog I don't get no respect. He keeps barking at the front door. He don't want to go out. He wants me to leave.

What a dog I got. His favorite bone is in my arm!

Last week I saw my psychiatrist. I told him, "Doc, I keep thinking I'm a dog." He told me to get off his couch.

I worked in a pet store and people kept asking how big I'd get.

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

I'll tell ya, my wife and I, we don't think alike. She donates money to the homeless, and I donate money to the topless!

One night I came home. I figured, let my wife come on. I'll play it cool. Let her make the first move. She went to Florida.

I asked my old man if I could go ice-skating on the lake. He told me, "Wait til it gets warmer."

My doctor told me to watch my drinking. Now I drink in front of a mirror. I drink too much. Way too much. My doctor drew blood. He ran a tab.

When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father, "I'm very sorry. We did everything we could...but he pulled through."

I come from a stupid family. During the Civil War my great uncle fought for the west!

My father was stupid. He worked in a bank and they caught him stealing pens.

My mother had morning sickness after I was born.

My mother never breast fed me. She told me that she only liked me as a friend.

My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.

When I played in the sandbox the cat kept covering me up.

I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

One year they wanted to make me poster boy... for birth control.

I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent back a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.

My uncle's dying wish was to have me sitting on his lap. He was in the electric chair.

Once when I was lost I saw a policeman and asked him to help me find my parents. I said to him, "Do you think we'll ever find them?" He said, "I don't know kid. There are so many places they can hide."

I remember I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, "On your mark..."

When my old man wanted sex, my mother would show him a picture of me.

I had a lot of pimples too. One day I fell asleep in a library. I woke up and a blind man was reading my face.

My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.

Last week my tie caught on fire. Some guy tried to put it out with an ax!

I met the surgeon general. He offered me a cigarette.

One time I went to a hotel. I asked the bellhop to handle my bag. He felt up my wife!

This morning when I put on my underwear I could hear the Fruit of the Loom guys laughing at me.

I'm a bad lover. Once I caught a peeping tom booing me.

My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.

It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass!

My wife isn't very bright. The other day she was at the store, and just as she was heading for our car, someone stole it! I said, "Did you see the guy that did it?" She said, "No, but I got the license plate."

Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.

A girl phoned me and said, "Come on over. There's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!

A hooker once told me she had a headache.

I went to a massage parlor. It was self service.

If it weren't for pick-pocketers, I'd have no sex life at all.

I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, "Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?" She said, "No, I hate myself now."

I knew a girl so ugly that she was known as a two-bagger. That's when you put a bag over your head in case the bag over her head breaks.

I knew a girl so ugly, they use her in prisons to cure sex offenders.

I knew a girl so ugly, I took her to the top of the Empire State building and planes started to attack her.

I knew a girl so ugly, the last time I saw a mouth like hers it had a hook on the end of it.

I knew a girl so ugly, she had a face like a saint--a Saint Bernard!

I was tired one night and I went to the bar to have a few drinks. The bartender asked me, "What'll you have?" I said, "Surprise me." He showed me a naked picture of my wife.

During sex my wife always wants to talk to me. Just the other night she called me from a hotel.

My marriage is on the rocks again. Yeah, my wife just broke up with her boyfriend.

One day as I came home early from work, I saw a guy jogging naked. I said to the guy, "Hey buddy...why are you doing that for?" He said, "Because you came home early."

I went to see my doctor... Doctor Vidi-boom-ba. Yeah...I told him once, "Doctor, every morning when I get up and look in the mirror I feel like throwing up. What's wrong with me? He said, "I don't know, but your eyesight is perfect."

I told my dentist my teeth are going yellow. He told me to wear a brown necktie.

My psychiatrist told me I'm going crazy. I told him, "If you don't mind, I'd like a second opinion." He said, "All right. You're ugly too!"

I was so ugly, my mother used to feed me with a slingshot!

When I was born the doctor took one look at my face, turned me over and said, "Look, twins!"

And we were poor too. Why, if I wasn't born a boy, I'd have nothing to play with!


can anyone confirm this? i'm taking the category out for now. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:58, 16 December 2006 (UTC).

RESPONSE: He said he was and atheist in an interview on the Howard Stern show circa 2003. He was absolutely convinced that there was nothing after life.

No source. (talk) 01:18, 2 September 2010 (UTC)

Cultural Effect[edit]

In 2007 it was reported that a Rodney Dangerfield tattoo is among the most popular celebrity tattoos in the United States, generally by people in their late 20s or early 30s who got the tattoo in the 1990s.[1]

This is of little relevance and is siting an Opinion Editorial. This should be taken out.

Rodney is back from the Dead![edit]

I went to Rodney Website and there is a request for, "Who do you think should play Rodney in a feature film that is in the works about Rodney's life!"

I replied! Rodney should play Rodney..:) Back from the dead to play himself!

The email message bounced back with a message, "The account or domain may not exist, they may be blacklisted!"

Looks like even on the Internet Rodney don't get no Respect..:) Igor Berger (talk) 03:53, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

LOL, that's a riot! ☺ I loved how his e-mail address was simply Taric25 (talk) 06:29, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

In Personal Life[edit]

"...then-president of AMPAS, Roddy McDowall, who acted in a monkey suit in the Planet of the Apes series of films, possibly felt that Dangerfield was not dignified enough..."

This statement, in the Personal Life section, seems to imply that McDowall was a hypocrite in refusing Dangerfield on (supposedly) not being dignified although he himself was known for wearing a "monkey suit" (actually an ape suit), it attempts to make a conclusion about the reason for his refusal, and it seems to imply that Dangerfield was worthy of the honor he was denied here. True or not, these do not represent a neutral POV. Mal7798 (talk) 03:56, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

addition to Rodney's TV work[edit]

   Rodney made a cameo appearance on Jerry VanDyke's short-run 60's TV sitcom, "My Mother The Car".--Aardheap (talk) 15:19, 27 January 2009 (UTC)

No respect, no respect at all; not even in death![edit]

How come there is no mention that his death was over shadowed by Christopher Revee's death? That's pretty ironic and notable considering what Dangerfield's catch phrase is. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:11, 28 February 2009 (UTC)

What does Reeve have to do with it? He died a full week AFTER Dangerfield! Anyways, I certainly remember people taking note of Rodney's death. (talk) 09:25, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

Revert trolling[edit]

I reverted trolling by an editor adding "Jewish" to the lead sentence of a number of bios. Nothing new here. Thank you, --Tom (talk) 13:51, 12 May 2009 (UTC)

"Native American butterfly-release ceremony"[edit]

Well, isn't that vague. Which Indian band follows this practice? Varlaam (talk) 00:35, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Early Life[edit]

Says born Deer Park box says Babylon. Any reason for this? EG One a district the other the the town86.45.62.58 (talk) 11:10, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

Ditto, I noticed that too. Babylon & Deer Park are two different places (I was born and raised in Suffolk County). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:20, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

Legacy -- another apparent error[edit]

Under the heading "Legacy," it says that Jay Leno attributed the oft-repeated "How Bad is it?" catchphrase (to be spoken by Kevin Eubanks or one of his other sidekicks) to Rodney Dangerfield. Well, that seems as if it is probably wrong. Johnny Carson had been using the same shtick for at least ten years, probably more like 20 years, before Leno took over the Tonight Show. Although I suppose it is possible that Carson got this from Dangerfield, I don't think Dangerfield was in the habit of embedding conversations with announcers (or other performers) in his standup act. No, this was mainly a Carson shtick with Ed McMahon. Paul (talk) 05:51, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

I just read the main article and came to Talk about that very same point. "It's a pretty bad presentation of the history of that shtick." "How bad is it?" Well, the article seems to be quoting Jay Leno, even if it is not an accurate assessment of the history. For that reason, I suppose it must stand, but maybe add a parenthetical comment about Carson and other possible precedents? AdderUser (talk) 03:10, 19 March 2016 (UTC)

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Tattoo claim[edit]

Source 38 links to an opinion piece, not to an actual journalistic source. Do we have another source that Rodney Dangerfield is one of the most popular tattoos in the country? I love the guy, but that source isn't credible. Gtwy (talk) 22:24, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

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  1. ^ Chen, Perry (2007-02-23). "Op-Art: All the Body's a Stage". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-05-21.  Unknown parameter |coauthors= ignored (|author= suggested) (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)